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File #: 22-6901    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Transmittal Status: Accepted
File created: 10/18/2022 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 10/25/2022 Final action: 10/25/2022
Title: Transmittal by the Office of County Administration on the status of initiatives to reduce violent crime and criminal justice backlog in Harris County.
Attachments: 1. 22-6901-20221022 Criminal Case Backlog and Violent Crime Reduction Update
Department: County Administration
Department Head/Elected Official: David Berry

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Regular RCA

Type of Request: Transmittal

Project ID (if applicable): N/A
Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): N/A

MWDBE Contracted Goal (if applicable): N/A
MWDBE Current Participation (if applicable): N/A
Justification for 0% MWDBE Participation Goal: N/A - Goal not applicable to request

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Transmittal by the Office of County Administration on the status of initiatives to reduce violent crime and criminal justice backlog in Harris County.
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Background and Discussion:

Commissioners Court has made investments in the abatement of violent crime and criminal justice case backlog. This is an update on the overarching impact as well as initiative specific improvements having been made by the various Harris County agencies.

Expected Impact:

The overarching impact is expected to be reduction in violent crime and greater efficiency in the functioning of the Criminal Justice System which includes a reduction in the number of violent crimes per 100,000 persons, number of cases in backlog, as well as hopefully a lower number of individuals in jail awaiting hearing.

Alternative Options:

These are initiatives that tackle the problem of resolving violent crime and criminal case backlog by adding resources across the different departments and agencies.

Alignment with Goal(s):
X Justice and Safety
_ Economic Opportunity
_ Housing
_ Public Health
_ Transportation
_ Flooding
_ Environment
_ Governance and Customer Service

Prior Court Action (if any):
Date
Agenda Item #
Action Taken
5/25/2021
284
Discussion item
6/29/2021
268/269
Discussion item on steps to alleviate backlog and associate judges
7/20/202
183
Approval of 2.5M in funding for 3 emergency response dockets and 5 additional clerks for NRG support
8/10/202
14
Approved $890,205 of funding for an additional two County Courts Emergency Response dockets; ...

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